V.I.B. (very impressive book) Picks
Every now and then we encounter a new book that we’re so excited about we want to shout it from the rooftops, so we've created a special tag to distinguish it from the rest: Tattered Cover V.I.B. (very impressive book)! That means it’s a true stand-out in a season of many excellent and compelling new books.
Our latest selection is:
Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, and Ella Morton
Discover just how strange and marvelous the world is with Atlas Obscura! This is hands down the most interesting guide book ever written, revealing over 600 bizarre destinations and hidden wonders for your most curious self to enjoy. Such wonders include Firefly Squids lighting up the shores of Japan (pg.157), an M.C. Escher-like stepwell in India (pg.132), a bar inside a baobab tree in South Africa (pg.216), as well as the "Door to Hell" - a crater that's been on fire since 1971 in Turkmenistan (pg.143). Flip through and find out what Atlas Obscura has to unveil about your favorite city or destination spot! - Stephanie Coleman (Frontlist Buyer, Tattered Cover)
Purchase this and previous V.I.B.s below:
Bestselling British writer Tessa Hadley's The Past brings four middle-aged siblings and their families together for what might be their last summer holiday in the family's country home. Old family dynamics and surprising new twists make for a delightful, entertaining and thought-provoking novel. Hadley's storytelling deftly weaves the family's past, with all its ghosts and memories, jealousies and nearly unconditional love in with its present reality of squabbling and deep affection. Each player in The Past is uniquely engaging: from fading beauty Alice with her ex-boyfriend's 20 year old son Kasim, in tow, sister Frans's odd and captivating young children Ivy and Arthur, Harriet, lonely and harboring a dark and secret longing, and all the others, each with an agenda, all under one roof. The perfect storm for an utterly wonderful, brilliantly crafted novel. The Telegraph calls The Past keenly intelligent, and I certainly agree. A wonderful way to begin your reading year. -- Cathy Langer, Tattered Cover Lead Buyer